Our Team

Teachers at Ngaio Childcare Centre create a safe, warm and friendly environment where each child is treated as a unique and special individual, and where families and whānau are warmly welcomed, where their contributions are valued and partnership is fostered.

Teachers at Ngaio Childcare Centre believe that respectful and responsive relationships between children and adults promote self-esteem and social skills which, in turn, empower children to learn.

  • Head Teacher
    Kia ora,My name is Pip Butler, Head Teacher of the Centre. I am a fully qualified and registered teacher.I have been working in early childhood education for the past 25 years and have been at Ngaio Childcare Centre for 10 years.I love working in the Ngaio community and being part of this small, but very nurturing early childhood environment, working alongside a fantastic teaching team. The small daily number of children allows teachers to work closely with each individual child and helps to build close trusting relationships with both tamariki and their whanau.I am fully committed to quality care and education of our tamariki and I feel lucky to be a part of each child's learning journey at Ngaio, and watching each child grow and develop into happy, independent, confident and competent learners.My family is originally from Wanganui but we have been living in the Wellington region for the past 15 years and we love this city. I am married to Clint and we have two teenage boys.
  • Teacher/Administrator
    Paula Thompson PG Dip ECE, B.ED, Dip Tchg, SPLD
    Hello my name is Paula and I am a teacher at this centre. I also have an admin role at the centre.I am a fully qualified and registered teacher.I have been working in education for the last 30 years. Initially as a Primary School Teacher and for the past 6 years in Early Childhood. Professionally this centre continues to support me to challenge myself in taking on many opportunities to learn and grow.I enjoy the immediacy of working alongside young children. The joy of being in the moment, learning alongside each other. I enjoy the small nurturing environment of this centre where close trusting relationships can be formed with every child and their family. This centre is where the learning journey begins and it is wonderful to support a child's academic, social and emotional development on their pathway to becoming life long learners.I am married to Paul. Mum to two daughters. I am originally from Gisborne and have lived in many different cities in New Zealand and overseas. I am settled now, loving this vibrant city and being part of the Ngaio Community.
  • Teacher
    Kia ora, my name is Emma Te Paa and I have been a teacher at Ngaio Childcare Centre since mid 2015. After completing my bachelors degree in education at the end of 2013 I moved to Wellington from Auckland and have since been enjoying this beautiful city and the fantastic culture that is imbedded within. I am currently working towards my full teachers registration and am being mentored by the head teacher Pip. I joined the Ngaio Childcare team because the values and philosophy of the centre closely reflect my own, having a strong emphasis on nurturing trusting relationships through social interaction. The smaller number of children allows for more one on one time allowing us to give extra care and attention to our tamariki.It is very rewarding being part of the Ngaio community and having the support of such a wonderful teaching team.
  • Teacher
    Kia ora, my name is La Li and I have been a teacher at Ngaio Childcare Centre since mid 2011. I am a fully qualified and registered teacher. I have an overseas Diploma in Secondary (Music) Education and initially I was a piano teacher. I moved to Wellington from China about 12 years ago. I completed my ECE study at Victory University and really enjoyed my life at Wellington.
    I have three beautiful boys – Eric, Samuel and William. I love being with my children and watching them grow and develop as individuals! Being a Mum is the greatest job in the world.
    What I like the best about my work in Ngaio Childcare Centre is being able to witness the growth and progress from children in any and all aspects of what I teach them. I value the important role I have as an early childhood teacher, which acknowledges children as lifelong learners. I aim to develop meaningful relationships with both children and whānau as I believe this forms the basis of a quality teaching and learning environment. I love children and love to share my experiences and information with them. I love to be able to provide children with the tools that can help them succeed in the future

    I look forward to supporting and empowering your child to develop into confident and capable learners.